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Managing Director


For more than 20 years, H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, founding Managing Director of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ Fund), has played a vital role in guiding the United Arab Emirates toward a more sustainable future while spearheading progressive environmental protection, species conservation, and climate action globally.

The 2023 UN Climate High-Level Champion for COP28, Razan Al Mubarak's career has focused on environmental conservation and protection, with government organizations and civil societies with a strong interest in species conservation. She helped establish Emirates Nature WWF (EN-WWF) in 2001 and is currently its Managing Director. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak was promoted in 2019 from Secretary General to Managing Director and Board Member of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). EAD is a large 1,000+ employee government agency responsible for all environmental regulation, conservation, and promotion of sustainable development in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the country's largest by far and includes the UAE's capital city.

In 2021, at the World Conservation Congress in Marseille, Razan was elected President of IUCN, a position she will honour until the next election in 2025. Razan also serves as an Advisory Board member of the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, and as a Board member of Panthera (a charity devoted to conserving 40 species of big cats and their habitats around the world).

Globally educated, Razan holds an MSc in Public Understanding of Environmental Change from the University College London, UK and a BA (Hons) in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA.

H.E. Razan Al Mubarak, was born in Abu Dhabi and is married with a daughter, and harnesses every opportunity to enjoy the natural heritage of the world with her family.